predominate

Of all the social networks, one predominates. Facebook is by far the biggest and most influential. When someone or something predominates, it's the largest or most powerful of all.

You'll probably already have noticed that the verb "dominate" makes up a good part of predominate, and in fact these are very similar words. To predominate means to be the biggest or most plentiful or most powerful of all. Of course, you want to make sure that you're talking about like things when you're using predominate. In the debate about guns, the most logical voices are rarely the ones that predominate.

Definitions of predominate
  1. verb
    be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
    “Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood”
    synonyms: dominate, prevail, reign, rule
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    types:
    override
    prevail over
    overarch
    be central or dominant
    outbalance, outweigh, overbalance, preponderate
    weigh more heavily
  2. verb
    appear very large or occupy a commanding position
    “The huge sculpture predominates over the fountain”
    synonyms: hulk, loom, tower
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    type of:
    lift, rear, rise
    rise up
  3. adjective
    having superior power and influence
    synonyms: overriding, paramount, predominant, preponderant, preponderating
    dominant
    exercising influence or control
Commonly confused words

predominate / predominant

If you win an election by a 3:1 margin, are you the predominant winner or the predominate winner?

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